It’s a bit too cold for Alaskans with green thumbs to participate in National Garden Day on May 9, but as with many other things in the 49th state, a small adaptation solves the problem. A new law celebrates the state’s public gardens. In 2012, the Alaska House of Representatives moved to establish Alaska Public Gardens Day on the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day each year. This year, the celebration will be on Saturday, May 24, 2014. By passing the bill, the House recognized the role gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, the economy, education, plant conservation, recreation and research in Alaska.
Alaska has three American Public Garden Association member gardens: the Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks and the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in Juneau.
“Alaska’s public gardens contribute heavily to our sense of community,” said Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, the bill’s prime sponsor. “They are tourism destinations and are great places for local children and adults to learn about gardening, ecology, and science.”